NetApp Insight 2017: Solution Announcements Will Reinforce Strategy Success and Further Fuel Takeover Rumors

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

• At its 2017 Insight event, NetApp will reinforce its ability to help enterprises manage growing volumes of data in a hybrid cloud and IoT era.

• Investments in all-flash storage, converged infrastructure, and hybrid cloud solutions are increasing NetApp’s competitiveness relative to rivals Dell EMC, HPE, IBM and Pure Storage.

Next week at its 2017 Insight event in Las Vegas, NetApp is expected to announce several important product initiatives, amid growing intrigue about what the vendor’s future holds.

Foremost among NetApp’s announcements will be the general availability of its hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution, which includes QoS-based profiling for different workloads and the ability to scale compute and storage separately. Other expected announcements include the integration of the new HCI offering with NetApp’s Data Fabric, and the latest version of NetApp’s ONTAP data management software. Alongside these announcements NetApp is expected to reinforce the message that it is a company committed and best able to help enterprises manage growing volumes of data in a hybrid cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) era. Read more of this post

Vendors Are Doubling Down on Hyperconverged Offerings, but That’s No Promise of Long-Term Market Success

C. Drake

C. Drake

Summary Bullets:

  • The market for hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is one of the data center industry’s fastest changing sub-segments, recently attracting new offerings from Cisco, HPE and Dell.
  • The success of individual HCI solutions will be shaped by things such as cost, scalability, time to deploy, ease of use and flexibility.

The market for hyperconverged infrastructure is currently one of the data center industry’s most exciting and fastest changing sub-segments. Recent months have seen several developments that illustrate the opportunities solutions vendors believe HCI offers them. These include the launch of new HCI offerings by Cisco, HPE and Dell as well as the expansion and development of existing HCI solutions to support new features and capabilities. However, despite this recent rush of HCI activity, questions should be asked about the market’s future potential and the long-term success of individual solutions. Read more of this post